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Helping change the culture

Traditionally, Afgan women were invisible and not expected to be anything more than housewives and caregivers. This year, Khawja Omari district women are actively engaged in educating themselves and learning new trades. A venue was created for the women in local villages to learn trades and skills.br /The vocational program was created for the women to help build self-esteem while enabling them to earn money. Village elders choose which women would attend the program. In order to be considered, the women had to be illiterate, a widow, an orphan, or poor. Women involved in the program range in ages 12-40.br /This is important because it helps change the culture of the area. All the plans in the world won’t work if the culture doesn’t support them. Modifying the culture will help Afghanistan become a democratic, self-supporting state.

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